Artists Anne Harris, Penny McIntyre, Kathleen Hunt and Monique Ellis.
Artists Anne Harris, Penny McIntyre, Kathleen Hunt and Monique Ellis. CONTRIBUTED

Handmade 'lost arts' come with a twist in new exhibition

A NEW exhibition called Lost Arts... and Found has opened in the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre's Wan'din'in arts space.

It includes objects that could be considered "lost arts" and rarely handmade today includes a variety of crocheted, embroidered and knitted heirloom pieces mixed with contemporary local artists' creations.

The exhibition explores the way these artists are revisiting the lost arts often in new and innovative ways.

Discover Eumundi manager Wendy Birrell was enthusiastic about the contemporary pieces made by local artists in her opening of the exhibition.

"These artists are seeing the lost arts in new ways, are revisiting and reinventing them, and the vintage and heirloom objects in among them were mostly made out of necessity at a time when you didn't just go down to the shop to buy something," she said.

"Clothing and homewares were often hand-sewn, knitted and crocheted because they had to be."

 

Necklace by Kathleen Hunt.
Necklace by Kathleen Hunt. CONTRIBUTED

The artists involved include Penny McIntyre with her upcycled jewellery - some made from brightly coloured old aluminium saucepan lids, and Kathleen Hunt with a collection of necklaces made using small wooden cotton reels with handmade twine and embroidery embellishment.

Anne Harris, from Annie's Workroom, has a collection of indigenous woven items including a dilly bag and basket from the 1970s set against her more contemporary investigations into string-making with native grasses and plants.

 

Work by Anne Harris.
Work by Anne Harris. CONTRIBUTED

Young emerging artist Monique Ellis puts a contemporary twist on her engaging longstitch embroideries with subjects that are a little different, often stylised and even a little retro in style.

As part of this exhibition, nine baskets with wool and knitting have been placed in a number of locations in and near Eumundi - mostly in cafes - to encourage people to revisit the art of knitting.

At the same time, they will help the Eumundi knitters group which meets every Friday in Eumundi to sew squares to make rugs for charity.

There will be a chance to meet up with the Eumundi Knitters at Discover Eumundi during the exhibition and those who visit the exhibition can relax a while on the comfy couch in Wan'din'in and add a few rows of knitting to this project.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, June 18, and the artists exhibiting will be involved in workshops, artist talks and events where visitors can meet the makers.

More details are available at www.discovereumundi.com/lost-arts


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